GNicholls

Discovering "Discovering the Art"

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Just want to say Happy New Year to everyone, and thanks for the great replies and great posts on Ballet Talk! It's now six months since joining -- and in my own chronological survey I have just reached the end of the age of Russian Imperial ballet. With my classical music background it's been fascinating to learn of all the connections and start to develop a ballet perspective. This year I'm going to focus on looking at ballet rather than reading about it, and to direct my conversations toward ballet as an art form, and ballets as works of art.

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in my own chronological survey I have just reached the end of the age of Russian Imperial ballet.

A very juicy part of the chronology -- revel in it!

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in my own chronological survey I have just reached the end of the age of Russian Imperial ballet.

A very juicy part of the chronology -- revel in it!

..and one that keeps dragging me back every time I try to move forward...! :P Don't listen too much to its mermaid chants, or you will be under its spell forever and ever...! :D

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:P Don't listen too much to its mermaid chants, or you will be under its spell forever and ever...! :D

That's a very interesting remark! The magic of fairy tales, the aura of La belle époque, the strong current of ballet performance history that continues to the present day. Actually I'm more of a twentieth century person, but I really find the Russian Imperial Ballet fascinating and trust that at least the spell of Rasputin has been broken by now!

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For me, it's the interconnectedness of the development that is most powerful. Francia Russell has said that ballet is a tribal art form (in that we learn directly from our 'parents' and pass things down directly to our 'children') and I think that's true of all dance. In a way, the history of dance is like the begats in the bible -- a long chain of who birthed who.

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If one were to begin to study ballet based on clips available on youtube, how should one organize and plan his or her viewing?

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